When We Want to Achieve a Dream-Goal, We Can

“… there’s a larger shift in my thinking. There’s a realization that anything I want to achieve,
I can achieve, and it’s not worth giving up.”
~ Gong Li,
Actress,
Hundred Flowers Award (1989), Hundred Flowers Awards (1991), Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup (1992), Golden Rooster Awards (1993),
Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (1993), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1993), Berlin International Film Festival (1993),
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1998), Golden Rooster Awards (2000), Montreal World Film Festival (2000), Hundred Flowers Awards (2000),
Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2001), Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (2001), Beijing College Student Film Festival (2003),
Cannes Film Festival Festival Trophy (2004), National Board of Review (2005), Hong Kong Film Award (2007),  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award  (2007),
Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007), Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2014), Golden Deer Awards (2014) & China Film Directors’ Guild Awards (2015)

 

Going After Dreams & Goals

“You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams
and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them
are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.”
~ Nick Cannon
Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Director, Writer, Producer, Television Host,
Activist, Hollywood Film Festival (2006), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (2002) & NAACP Image Awards (2012)
~

Negotiating Dreams

“No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high.
No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams.
You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”

~ Jesse Jackson,
Civil Rights Activist, Baptist Minister
& Shadow U.S. Senator (District of Columbia, 1991-1997)

Champions Aren’t Made in Gyms

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.
But the will must be stronger than the skill.”’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Challenging, Rewarding & Satisfying

“If you want to have a challenging life and if you want to have a rewarding and satisfying life,
consider some part of being involved in medical missions around the globe.
The needs are great, the opportunities are great, and the reward and satisfaction are quite unbelievable.”
~ Dr. Paul Osteen,
Speaker, General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Co-Founder – M3 Conference

Learning How to Lose

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.
Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
~ Wilma Rudolph,
Sprinter, Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 100 M , Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 200 M, Olympic Games Gold medal 1960 Rome,
Olympic Games Bronze Medal 1956 Melbourne, United Press International Athlete of the Year (1960),
Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year (1960 & 1961), James E. Sullivan Award (1960), Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award (1962),
National Sports Award (1993), Fraternal Order of Eagles Award, Black Sports Hall of Fame (1973), U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1974),
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1983), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2001)
Founder – Wilma Rudolph Foundation & U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)

Trying So Hard for Something

“Sometimes when we try so hard for something, maybe the reason it is not happening
is that it is not meant to be happening at this time.”
~ Lorraine Pascale
TV Chef, Food Network Host, Model, Author, United Kingdom Government Fostering and Adoption Ambassador,
Emotional Wellness Advocate & Owner – Ella’s Bakehouse (2007-2012)
~

Going the Last Mile for The Least of These

“Christians are uniquely positioned to care for those in remote regions of the world,
because they are willing to “go the last mile” to care for the “least of these.””
~ Dr. Paul Osteen,
Speaker, General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Co-Founder – M3 Conference

When the Going Goes Tough

“When the going gets tough, I’m not always sure what you do.
I’m not saying that I know how to fix everything when the going gets tough, but I do know this: when the going goes tough, you don’t quit,
and you don’t fold up, and you don’t go in the other direction.”
~ John Madden
Football Coach, Sportscaster, Super Bowl XI winner, Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award (2002), Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006), Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1991), Yahoo Sports Top 50 All Time Network Television Sports Announcers, California Hall of Fame (2009), NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year (1984), NSSA Hall of Fame inductee (2010) & Emmy Awards (16X)

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

What Comes Out Our Hearts

“What comes out of our hearts through the words of our mouths
determines what comes to pass in our lives. It’s the absolute truth.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author (How You Call It Is How It Will Be), Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

Being Sold-Out

“You were redeemed to be outstanding, but it takes being sold-out to stand-out.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award

The Starless Midnight of Racism & War

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war
that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

That Which is Right, Just & True

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty
by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.
A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.
A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Dreams of Success

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
~ Wayne Huizenga,
Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder – AutoNation, Founder – Waste Management, Inc.,
Norman Vincent Peale Award (2008) & Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award (1992)

Climbing this Hill

“Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say,
‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill.
I’m never going to get to the top.’
And you’re only two steps from the top.”
~ Morgan Freeman,
Actor, Film Director & Narrator

Standing Adversity

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

People Who Say It

“People who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
~ Author Unknown,
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Never Lose Your Dreams

“I never lost my dreams in my 20s, and I know that sounds corny,
but it’s incredibly important to never let go of what you really want in your life.”
~ Juan Pablo Di Pace,
Actor, Singer & Director

Know What You’re Voting For

“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there.
Every vote counts. Educate yourself too.
Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for, and stand by that.”
~ Nikki Reed,
Actress, Screenwriter, Singer-Songwriter & Model,
Nantucket Film Festival – Screenplay Award (2003),
Young Hollywood Awards (2X), Independent Spirit Award (2004),
Solstice Film Festival Award (2006), Delray Beach Film Festival Award (2008),
Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award (2008) & Teen Choice Award (2010)

Blind, Furious Optimism

“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

If You Don’t, Then Who Will, Sweetie?

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer

When the Truth Wants to Find You

“I say when the truth wants to find you or wants to be found by you,
it will come after you. You cannot stop that force.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)

Sincere & Selfless Contribution

“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”
~ Anthony Robbins
a.k.a Anthony J. Mahavorick ,
Life Coach, Speaker, Actor, Philanthropist & Author

Just Hang in There Long Enough

“I think if you just hang in there long enough
and keep doing what you know is your sweet spot,
I think the world eventually catches up to you.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

Be Tenacious, Focused & Passionate

“You have to be tenacious, you have to be focused,
you have to have a real vision and be extremely passionate about it.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

A Wishbone, Backbone & Funny Bone

“To succeed in life, you need three things:
a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

The Future of Generations to Come

“Our choices are going to determine the future for our children,
our children’s children, and their children. I take that responsibility very seriously.”
~ Maggie Q,
a.k.a. Margaret Denise Quigley
Actress, Model, Health Advocate
& Animal Rights Activist

The Question-Mark Years

“God gives purpose to the years of question marks in our lives.
Don’t despise small beginnings – they can turn into large endings.”
~ Paula White-Cain,
Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author &
Co-Founder of Without Walls International Church (1991)

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

You’re Nearly Through. You’re SO Close!

“RISE UP, BELOVED”, cries JESUS. “You are NEARLY through transition. You are SO close.
Don’t lie down on the battlefield, now, when you are SO close to victory.
I AM your strength, I AM your future, I AM your purpose, I AM your Deliverer.
You shall surely see My goodness in the land of the living.
Your harvest is upon you.”
~ Wendy Alec,
Co-Founder, President & CEO – GOD TV, Writer, TV Producer,
Film Maker, Director – WarBoys Entertainment London,
Global Platinum Award (2016), Gold Awards (2X), Angel Awards (20X),giv
Outstanding Contribution to Literature Award, Best Fiction Award,
& Outstanding Fiction Writer (Exceptional Writers Awards)

Completely Broke (Temporarily)

“When I got out of Yale Drama School,
I was completely broke.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

Angels Along Your Way

“I could not have made it this far
had there not been angels along the way.”
~ Della Reese
a.k.a. Delloreese Patricia Early,
Nightclub, Jazz, Gospel Singer, Pop Singer, Film Actress,
Television Actress, Talk-show Hostess & Ordained Minister

A Vision-Led Daily Schedule

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“Adhering to a daily schedule that is led by your vision
and run by your priorities is the surest path to personal freedom.”
~ Mark Ford,
Entrepreneur, Self-made Millionaire
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What You Have: Left or Lost

“Always look at what you have left.
Never look at what you have lost.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral

Being the Best We Can Be

“I like to see a driven kid: somebody who wants to come from the ground up.
I love to see somebody who wants to be the best they can be.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)

The Size of Your Success

“The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator

An Ending Better Than the Start

“Now is not the time to give up!
The end is going to be better than the beginning.”
~ Joni Lamb,
Singer, Co-Founder & Vice-President – The Daystar Television Network
Co-Host – Marcus & Joni

Training To Live Life As a Champion

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Didn’t Do It by Missing School

“When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did.
I graduated from Yale College and Yale University
with my Master’s
and I didn’t do it by missing school.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe & Black Reel Award

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist

Making Stars

“Say what you want about me, I get the job done.
That job is helping young people excel and get the most out of life
— whatever aspirations or ambitions they have.
I don’t believe in the word ‘impossible’.
I make stars; it’s what I do.”
~ Abby Lee Miller,
Creative Director, Chief Choreographer, Author &
Founder of Abby Lee Dance Company/Reign Dance Academy

We CAN Make Our Dreams Come True

“From my mother I learned
the value of prayer,
how to have dreams
and
believe I could make them come true.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

‘Failing’ in a Learning Posture

“We must expect to fail… yet fail in a learning posture,
determined not to repeat the mistakes,
and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.”
~ Ted Engstrom,
Founding Architect of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability,
& (Former) Head of Youth for Christ & World Vision International

Even If Everything is Lost, You’ll Survive

“Happiness, to me, is knowing that if I lose everything I will still be O.K.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist,
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2007)
Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

You Can Figure Out How

“If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.

~ Cher
a.k.a Cherilyn Sarkisian,
Singer, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Comedian, Dancer,
Fashion Designer, Model, Philanthropist, Record Producer,
Songwriter & Television Host

Your Future Lives in Your Mouth

“By your words, you form your destiny –
what you say within yourself determines the end promise of your life!
Your future lives in your mouth!”
~ Paula White-Cain,
Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author &
Co-Founder of Without Walls International Church (1991)

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.”
~ Christina Aguilera,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Never Thought of Doing Elsewise

“I was gonna write songs, I was gonna be a star
and a singer and I never thought of doing anything else.”
~ Kim Carnes,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician
Grammy Award – Record of the Year “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Composition … “Flashdance” (1983) (multiple artists)

Financial Fitness

“No one’s ever achieved financial fitness
with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host

When You Overcome

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

The Gradual Result

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Lofty Goals

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

Failing Into the Extraordinary

“Persistence can change failure
into extraordinary achievement.”
~ Marv Levy
a.k.a Marvin Daniel Levy,
Motivational Speaker, American & Canadian Football Coach (1973-1997),
Executive, Author, NFL Analyst & Pro Football Hall of Fame (2001)

Self-Discipline & Success

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)

100% In

“I learned to put 100 percent into what you’re doing.
I learned about setting goals for yourself,
knowing where you want to be and
taking small steps toward those goals.
I learned about adversity and how to get past it.”
~ Kristi Yamaguchi
a.k.a Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi,
Ladies’ Singles U.S. Olympic Champion (1992), World Champion (1991 & 1992),
U.S. Champion (1992), World Junior Pairs Skating Champion (1988),
National Pairs Skating Champion (1989 & 1990),
& U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee (2005),
Founder – Always Dream Foundation,
Designer – Tsu.ya Activewear, Author,
Asian Excellence Awards (2008), Sonja Henie Award (2008),
Thurman Munson Award, Women’s Sports Foundation Flo Hyman Award,
& Great Sports Legends Award

Succeeding through Failing

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer
Academy Award (2X), BAFTA Awardee, David di Donatello Awards (2x),
Disney Legends Awardee, Drama Desk Awardee, Emmy Award (2x),
Golden Globe (5x), Golden Plate Awardee, Grammy Awards (3x),
Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awardee, Hollywood Walk of Fame Awardee,
Kennedy Center Honors Awardee, Laurel Awards (4x), People’s Choice Award,
Prince Ranier Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Award, Society of Singers Awardee, Theatre World Award,
UCLA George & Ira Gershwin Award and Women in Film Awardee

Persevere to Your Success

“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world,
but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, and Director

Your Love, Your Living

opportunities, options,
“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;
there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of
having abundance in your life.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker

Is It Worthwhile?

The Jeffersons
“If there’s anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving, go for it.
I was told, many times, to forget show-business – I had nothing going for me.
Yet, I pursued it, anyway. Voila!”
~ Isabel Sanford,
Stage, Film and Television Actress, Philanthropist, Prime-time Emmy Award (1981) Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2004),
Prime-time Emmy Award nominee (7X), Golden Globe Award nominee (5X)

You vs. Circumstances

“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation